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Drive to end 'unacceptable' 12 month NHS waiting list

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said it is "unacceptable" that patients should have to wait more than a year for NHS treatment in England, unless it is clinically necessary.

He announced a £250 million drive to cut down waiting lists by performing more than 100,000 additional treatments in the NHS during the summer.

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Labour: 'Planned operations going backwards'

Planned operations on the NHS are "going backwards" because Tory mismanagement has lead to more emergency admissions, according to the shadow care minister.

Liz Kendall said the main challenge for the NHS was to "help keep people fit and healthy and living at home" so hospital admissions could be kept down.

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